Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Band-tailed Antbird (Hypocnemoides maculicauda)


French: Alapi riverain German: Südamazonien-Ameisenschnäpper Spanish: Hormiguero colibandeado

Hypocnemis maculicauda


, 1868,

Cáceres, Engenho do Capitão Gama and Mato Grosso, south-west Mato Grosso, Brazil


Closely related to H. melanopogon (which see), but differs vocally. Birds from C & E parts of range previously separated as race orientalis (at first, erroneously believed to represent disjunct population), but geographical limits not definable; considered inseparable, pending further study. Monotypic.


E Peru (S of R Amazon and R Marañón), S Amazonian Brazil (SW Amazonas and Acre E to C & E Pará and EC Maranhão, S to Rondônia and S Mato Grosso) and N Bolivia (S to W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 11·5–14·5 g (E birds apparently heavier). Male has crown dark grey, rest of head and upperparts slightly paler, white interscapular patch... read more


Loudsong a long series (e.g. 26 notes, 4·8 seconds) of ascending clear notes that gain in... read more


Understorey of seasonally flooded evergreen forest (várzea, igapó)... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on variety of insects, probably also spiders. Prey identified from stomach samples (Brazil) include beetles (... read more


Ten nests found in Brazilian Pantanal, Mato Grosso, during Jan–Apr, when the study area was flooded; nests pouch-shaped and... read more


None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout its range. Regions in which it occurs include a number of large protected areas, e.g. Manu... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Band-tailed Antbird (Hypocnemoides maculicauda). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 February 2020).